Commission for Africa – what it said

The Commission for Africa’s original report – Our Common Interest – was published in March 2005.

It called for forceful collective action to end the tragedy of poverty in Africa. It argued that not only is a strong and prosperous Africa in everyone’s interest but that everyone – from governments to individual members of the public in Africa and across the world – has something to contribute to achieving that goal.

The 2005 report presented a coherent package of actions to promote a strong and prosperous Africa – that needed to be taken forward as a whole.

Its central argument was that progress was only possible if Africa, on one hand, accelerated reform and developed world, on the other, increased and improved its aid and stopped “doing those things which hinder Africa’s progress”.

The report made over 80 recommendations across a range of themes: governance, peace and security, health and education, trade and growth. The final chapter looked at how these steps would be financed through increased aid and debt relief and innovating ways of financing development.

Each of the chapters is summarised in the report’s executive summary.

Many of those recommendations were taken forward by the G8, United Nations and others.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be looking at those recommendations again to see what progress has been made since they were made.

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